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One of a few "fan-based" Mars Colonization Transport (MCT) design concepts. Likely to be built in LEO, MCT will not require aerodynamics except for perhaps an aerobraking shell. The design may be dominated by massive spherical fuel tanks and inflatable modules house 100 Mars colonists. (Credit: Reddit user P3rkoz)

One of a few "fan-based" Mars Colonization Transport (MCT) design concepts. Likely to be built in LEO, MCT will not require aerodynamics except for perhaps an aerobraking shell. The design may be dominated by massive spherical fuel tanks and inflatable modules house 100 Mars colonists. (Credit: Reddit user P3rkoz)

One of the first fan art based around the design of SpaceX's Mars Vehicle is made by talented modern space artist Bryan Versteeg - a Mars base built around a landed SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter.

One of the first fan art based around the design of SpaceX's Mars Vehicle is made by talented modern space artist Bryan Versteeg - a Mars base built around a landed SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter.

Wanted - MCT Concept Designers/Artists. One of a few "fan-based" Mars Colonization Transport (MCT) design concepts. Likely to be built in LEO, MCT will not require aerodynamics except for perhaps an aerobraking shell. The design may be dominated by massive spherical fuel tanks and inflatable modules house 100 Mars colonists. (Credit: Reddit)

Wanted - MCT Concept Designers/Artists. One of a few "fan-based" Mars Colonization Transport (MCT) design concepts. Likely to be built in LEO, MCT will not require aerodynamics except for perhaps an aerobraking shell. The design may be dominated by massive spherical fuel tanks and inflatable modules house 100 Mars colonists. (Credit: Reddit)

2031 After Dragon V2 Mars flights, ranging from 2022 to 2028, MCT arrives to the red planet whith a small crew and equipment to start a permanent base, rapid prototyping machines and methane and O2 factories.

2031 After Dragon V2 Mars flights, ranging from 2022 to 2028, MCT arrives to the red planet whith a small crew and equipment to start a permanent base, rapid prototyping machines and methane and O2 factories.

A more monolithic MCT proposal: The BFR's 2nd stage aka MCT is refueled on Earth's orbit, then lands on Mars. Return back to Earth, where only the abort capsule aka Lander lands for refurbishment. A new BFR takes-off with fuel and the Lander to refilling and service the MCT on orbit for the next trip to Mars.

A more monolithic MCT proposal: The BFR's 2nd stage aka MCT is refueled on Earth's orbit, then lands on Mars. Return back to Earth, where only the abort capsule aka Lander lands for refurbishment. A new BFR takes-off with fuel and the Lander to refilling and service the MCT on orbit for the next trip to Mars.

2027 MCT first test flight, becomes a commercial space station.

2027 MCT first test flight, becomes a commercial space station.

LEM and MCT V100 launched by a BFR with a 15m diameter core.

LEM and MCT V100 launched by a BFR with a 15m diameter core.

2028 MCT test flight on Moon. Becomes a permanent base. Harrison Schmitt returns to stay.

2028 MCT test flight on Moon. Becomes a permanent base. Harrison Schmitt returns to stay.

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